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The 2600-piece LEGO NES console will officially launch on August 1

By Tim Augustin - on 15 Jul 2020, 11:32am

The 2600-piece LEGO NES console will officially launch on August 1

Image: LEGO

Well, this is a nostalgia trip. 

The LEGO Group has officially announced the LEGO Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) Building Kit, which allows fans to create their own replica of the console with LEGO bricks. Earlier leaks of this nostalgic LEGO kit seem to be accurate - including its price, unfortunately. 

Fans of the classic NES console might notice that this LEGO set is filled to the brim with neat little details. The console model even comes with an old-timey LEGO television set, just for an extra kick of nostalgia. It includes a controller with a connecting cable and plug, plus an opening slot with a locking feature for your Game Pak of choice - but remember to blow the dust out first!

Watch the announcement video below:

What better game to show off on this retro console than the legendary Super Mario Bros. game? The TV features a flat 8-bit Mario figure on a scrolling screen, which moves as you wind it up. If you happen to have a LEGO Mario figure from LEGO’s Super Mario toyline, you can plug it into the top of this TV, and the figure will make sounds and react to the action on screen. 

Image: LEGO

Maarten Simons, creative lead on the LEGO NES said: 

Super Mario has been a cherished figure in the gaming world for over thirty years now. Many adults still fondly remember that first time they saw Mario leap across the small screen, even if the graphics were a lot simpler than they are today. With the LEGO Nintendo Entertainment System, we’re letting them truly indulge in that nostalgia, recreating one of the most-loved consoles of all time so they can see the Super Mario from their childhoods once again – and share the experience of gaming in the 1980s with their own children.

The LEGO NES will be available exclusively in LEGO Certified Stores from August 1, 2020. The set is listed at a whopping US$229.99 (around S$320), and if I know LEGO hobbyists, it’s going to be sold out in mere minutes. Get them while you can!